"Ray Charles was a trailblazer and innovator in his music and the business of music. I am pleased Ray's songs are now available in all current formats. Concord enables the legacy to endure and prosper," said Valerie Ervin, President of the Ray Charles Foundation.
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The move follows Concord Music Groupâ€™s recent announcement that it has entered into an exclusive arrangement with the Ray Charles Foundation to develop the artistâ€™s post-1960 catalog. On April 7th, Concord Records will also release a 21-song anthology of hits titled Ray Charles â€” Genius: The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection. The volume presents Charlesâ€™ most influential recordings for the Atlantic and ABC-Paramount labels including 1954â€™s â€œIâ€™ve Got a Womanâ€ plus â€œBusted,â€ â€œGeorgia on My Mind,â€ â€œHit the Road Jackâ€ and â€œI Canâ€™t Stop Loving You,â€ concluding with his signature 1972 rendition of â€œAmerica the Beautiful.â€ All are digitally remastered from the original tapes. Ray Charles â€“ Genius: The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection will be available wherever music is sold.
Concord will release several other Ray Charles reissues this year including Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music, Volumes 1 & 2, The Genius Hits the Road, A Message From the People and Genius + Soul = Jazz & More.
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